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COUNCIL SHORTLISTED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES AWARD

The Isle of Wight Council has been selected as a shortlisted finalist in the environmental services category in the 2018 LGC Awards. The awards, run by Local Government Chronicle, are the biggest and most prestigious awards ceremony for the local government sector. The award entry focuses of the work of the council and its partners in delivering travel behaviour change …

NHS TRUST TO LAUNCH ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAIGN

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s Chairman, Vaughan Thomas, has this week made a strong statement about the need for staff to speak up about bullying and for the pace of change in the Trust to be increased.  A ‘Freedom to Speak Up’ guardian has been appointed in the form of Leisa Gardiner, who will be supported by recently appointed …

GO AHEAD GIVEN TO SCHOOL TERM DATE CONSULTATION

Approval has tonight (Thursday) been given to a major consultation into school term dates on the Island From 24th November Islanders will be asked their views on options for the future of term dates, taking into account key issues such as school attendance, attainment – and the cost of family holidays. Views on plans to cut the summer holidays by …

RYDE SLIDE TO RETURN WITH PRIDE HOUR

The organisers behind the Wightlink Ryde Slide and Isle Of Wight Pride have confirmed that their collaboration for 2018 will see Ryde Slide becoming Pride Slide for an hour between 12:00-13:00 on Sunday 22nd July. The Pride Hour will be opened by Alfie Ordinary and participants will be fully encouraged to embrace colourful fancy dress for this hour. With slots …

SANDOWN’S ALL THROUGH SCHOOL MOVING A STEP CLOSER

Plans to create the new all through school for Sandown will move a step closer when official notices are published tomorrow (Friday) to legally kick start the process. The move to consult on changing the upper limit of The Bay CE Primary School to include children up to the age of 16 comes after the Isle of Wight Council was …

ISLAND RECOVERY INTEGRATED SERVICE CELEBRATES EXTENDED CONTRACT

The Island Recovery Integrated Service (IRIS), which was rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) earlier this year, has been extended. IRIS, which is an NHS drug and alcohol recovery service funded by Public Health, is celebrating their successful bid to extend their contract from October 2017 until 31st March 2019. The contract for adult and young people across the …

RATE RELIEF FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES FACING BIG INCREASES

Up to £846,000 is available to support Island businesses that face the steepest increases in their business rates bills. The funding is available via the Isle of Wight Council until 2021 and is from a central government discretionary fund. The Council has now taken a ‘delegated decision’ on the method to distribute discretionary relief to those businesses most affected and …

DIGITAL SPECIALISTS DISCUSS SUPER HIGHWAY FOR THE ISLAND

Over 200 digital specialist trendsetters from around the globe and the Island – including Island Echo – attended a Digital Solent conference in Cowes yesterday (Wednesday). The ground-breaking event saw a major announcement from WightFibre of a huge £35million investment in Gigabit Island supported by the government; “full fibre, futureproof, ultra-fast.” The conference also saw the launch of www.techislanduk.com, which …

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